HCL Technologies Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Provides the work life balance which is a major concern in todays corporate world (in 312 reviews)

  • A positive work environment which makes me more excited to come for the work every day (in 239 reviews)

Cons
  • Working timings needs to be streamlined to allow better work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • Only company words say "employee first" but no concern on employee whatsoever (in 94 reviews)

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  1. BI ANalyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work
    Good environment
    Nice management

    Cons

    less salaries, no hikes and no progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Avoid if you have other options. "Employees First" slogan is only meant for sales reasons, no such culture exists

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You get more responsibilities, if you get the right account and team you can work very independently. If you have “sure I’ll do it” attitude they will give you more, but don’t expect salaries to be adjusted accordingly.

    Cons

    Here are the cons that I faced:
    - Company’s culture not ready for western employees, I think this might be deliberate so less westerns will work to justify bringing employees from India that they force to work for lower salaries and unlimited amount of hours without OT pay, I felt sorry for them but I couldn't do anything about it.
    - Expense reimbursements feel like they are doing you a favor, what should be standard expense is considered “exception”, expense claims are approved by reporting manager when he has time, then it goes to his manager for approval who approves when he has time, expect anywhere between 1-4 weeks for reimbursement. I resigned over a month ago but still waiting for my last expense claim to be paid
    - If your work will involve travel expect to stay in $60-75/night hotels unless you get exceptional approval. Expect to travel indirect flights for additional 5 hours unless you get an exceptional approval for direct flights. Expect to get exceptional approval for lunch+dinner+breakfast because allowances are below western standards. If you claim travel allowance then you are expected to use public transport, or you will need exceptional approval for taxis.
    - No work life balance. During the bid phase the company decides on resourcing numbers, to undercut competition they deliberately plan on under-staffing hence reducing costs and winning the contract, during the delivery phase the numbers that were decided for staffing during the bid phase cannot be exceeded resulting in making exempt and non-exempt employees regularly work over 50-60 hours/week without extra pay. What’s even worse is that they don’t ask if you can work, they tell you that you will work, sometimes in less than 4 hour’s notice. The only time “work-life balance” comes up is during Christmas “shut down” period when employees are asked to take 1 week off using vacation if they have them and no pay if not, so the company saves money.
    - If you have any salary related financial disputes do no expect any of the Indian managers to support. Only western managers stand behind their employees, but not too many of them around and the few that are around are looking to leave. For example, if you have an initiative with a bonus KPI that management decided to postpone then expect to get 0% achievement instead of removing it, and no Indian manager will support your case. By Indian managers I mean as high as region vice presidents; they are too scared to rock the boat on behalf of their teams.
    - Almost all employees in General manager level and below that are with the company in the US are there because they have to be due to their visa status, or are looking for other jobs to leave. As soon as Indian employee gets his green card he leaves within 2 months for better pay and working conditions.
    - Key positions are in India, most holding them have never left their towns to have a broader understanding of the working/business culture in bigger cities not to mention western work/business culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a matter of time before the US labor department, and immigration finds out about your abusive labor practices involving B1 and H1 visa employees. I realize labor abuse is customary in India but it's illegal in the US even if due to their visa status the employees are too scared to say anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good experience working here

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lot of Onsite opportunities good exposure working in client location

    Cons

    Less hike as per market standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee benefit should be improved

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  5. Good company to work with

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at HCL Technologies

    Pros

    Excellent online system for everything.

    Cons

    9hours 30 mins is not good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Don't appreciate higher cost staff below account level: high volume of cheap consultants. Very poor career development.

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    Current Employee - Delivery Management in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Delivery Management in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at HCL Technologies

    Pros

    Pay roughly follows or above average, occasionally attracting high quality (short term at least). Solid and varied pipeline of work. Sometimes consideration of avoiding travel (especially to avoid expense claims).

    Cons

    Unless you play politics you area a number, thrown into whatever role comes up first, regardless of skill-set or career progression.
    Bonus pot decreasing. Cheap on development, hotels, everything (to point of counter-productive).
    Email clogged with internal marketing - even about someone senior's Wife's art collection! What?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If that's your strategy, good luck to you. But it's a path to 'also-ran' status at the low margin/high volume end of the market (with Wipro, TCS etc.) not like IBM or the brighter independents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Plenty of opportunities, light on compensation and HR transparency.

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There is plenty of work to be done, meaning a lot of opportunity is available to learn new skills.
    Accounts have service delivery managers and account managers onsite for easy availability.

    Cons

    Managers you are accountable to can become excessive - currently reporting directly to 5 people.
    No viable HR contact or representation actually based in the U.S. - almost all communication is over email with offshore HR who work daytime hours in India.
    Compensation is not merit or role based - it is pre-calculated based on your current wage.
    Account management is highly influenced by office politics and much of it is involving offshore resources with no transparency.
    Designations are not handed out according to job role (you may be doing Tier 3 work, while showing Tier 1 or 2 in their portal) but instead seem arbitrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have onshore HR representation, that is both high-ranking (enough to get into action) that work daytime U.S. hours.
    Build transparency about compensation, appraisal, and account status.
    If the company is going to continue to grow in the U.S., significant efforts should be made to bring some of the employee services onshore with the accounts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. HCL America on-site

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at HCL Technologies

    Pros

    Good work environment and balanced work-life

    Cons

    They are service providers, they focus more on providing timely services rather than quality services. They do not have a goal-oriented approach when dealing with client projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you deal with clients it is really important to understand their quality needs, their work flows and work procedures. Don't just focus on providing resources and getting things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Land of limited Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Visibility to the way numerous companies work

    Cons

    Most management US opportunities above first line are given to Indian residents as a "reward" or retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got experienced management talent in the US - use it to grow your US business beyond the low cost provider!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good place to work unless you are not on Bench.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCL Technologies

    Pros

    Good work place
    Easy access to senior managers
    SAP implementation projects are more but the account may close any time

    Cons

    Majority projects are chennai so if you are on bench in another they will immediately sent to Chennai or West Bengal

    People who do shoe polish more will get onsite opportunity Hard workers have to depend on their luck
    Salary hikes will not be great its OK sometimes variable will not be paid full

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop encouraging people who shoe polishing in SAP practise

    Neutral Outlook
  11. HCL gives ample onsite opportunity and good learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Noida (India)

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning , work-life balance, onsite opportunity

    Cons

    Less perks apart from CTC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please introduce shift allowances, on call allowances to keep people motivated to work in support roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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